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Passports for Minors Under Age 16

The Department of State requires the personal appearance of all minors applying for U.S. passports. This applies even if the child has previously been issued a passport, regardless of place of issuance. The State Department strongly encourages both parents/legal guardians to apply in person for passports for their children. Parent(s)/Guardian(s) must submit proof of their relationship to the minor applicant and proof of parental consent.

How to Renew a Passport for a Minor under Age 16

Step 1: Complete the form DS-11. Complete the form online, and then print it. Do not sign it.

If you never had a U.S. Social Security Number, fill out and submit this form. If you do not remember your U.S. Social Security Number, please email the Federal Benefits Unit before applying for the passport.

Step 2: Obtain two passport photos for the child. Photo standards are listed on the travel.state page .

Step 3: Obtain the child’s birth certificate or Consular Report of Birth Abroad, and one copy. Both parents who are listed on the birth certificate, along with the child, are required to attend the interview. If two parents are not attending the interview, see the “if applicable” information at the bottom of this page.

Step 4: Make one copy of the government issued photo identification for the applying parent(s). You may copy both IDs on the same page. Bring the original IDs with you to the appointment.

Step 5: Make one copy of the biodata page of the child’s current passport to bring to the appointment. If the child’s current passport has been lost or stolen, the DS-11 will automatically generate an additional form that you will need to bring with you to the appointment.

Step 6: a self-addressed, prepaid envelope for passport return, with capacity for 500g for each applicant, specifically:

    • A  Collissimo (“pret-a-envoyer”) or Chronopost (“pret-a-expedier”). One applicant can use the 1 kg (the smallest available) envelope and multiple applicants can use the same envelope, as long as you allow for  500g per applicant.  Ex., Two applicants could be returned together in the 1 kg envelope, four applicants in the 2 kg envelope, etc.
    • NOTE: Applicants outside of Metropolitan France and Monaco should use a Chronopost “Monde et Outre-Mer” envelope.
    • Applicants for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may use the same 500g envelope for both the passport and the CRBA.

Step 7: Read the security information to access the embassy or consulate (list of prohibited items).

Step 8: Payment for the passport application is made at the Embassy on the day of the interview. The fee is $135. You may pay by credit or debit card. We recommend you confirm with your bank that your card is unlocked for foreign transactions prior to your appointment to avoid any problems with your payment. You may also consult the Department of State’s Passport Fee Calculator for further information and guidance on passport fees, as well as changes to the official schedule of fees. 

If you bring all of the required documents above to your interview, the standard processing time is 4-6 weeks.

Step 9: Make an appointment from our online calendar where you can choose a date and time slot of your choice.

If there are no appointments available when your first check the booking system, please keep checking.  New appointments are regularly added, including appointments available after daily cancellations.  These appointments can only be booked through the online calendar, not by email or telephone.

If applicable:

  • If only one parent is applying, provide either a birth certificate listing you as sole parent, a death certificate of the other parent, or a court order which lists you as having sole physical and legal custody of the child.
  • If one parent is not available, the non-applying parent must complete the form DS-3053. This form must be notarized, and the identification that was presented to the notary must be copied, back and front, and included with the form. We require the original of the DS-3053 to adjudicate the passport application.

Quick checklist

  • Completed DS-11 application form (PDF 101 KB).
  • Signed child’s current U.S. passport with copy of bio-data and signature pages.
  • Both signed parents’ passports, original and copy
  • If parents cannot be both present: Two-Parent Consent for Passport Issuance.
  • Proof of child’s birth, original and copy.
  • Additional proof of U.S. Citizenship, original and copy.
  • One photo.
  • Fees.
  • Social Security Card. For details about Social Security Number Requirement, please see Frequently Asked Questions.


According to Section 215 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1185), it is illegal for an American citizen to enter or leave the U.S. on anything other than an American passport.

This applies to dual citizens as well, meaning that persons holding e.g. both French and American citizenship and passports must enter and leave the U.S. on a U.S. passport. They may not enter/leave the U.S. on a foreign passport. This applies to children as well as adults.